It is no surprise that the majority of the 200 Waterkeepers who work around the world began their work not as environmentalists or conservationists, but as users of our waterways – watermen, oystermen, anglers, and paddlers, dedicated to protecting a resource that defines a way of life. It is essential, after all, to care about something deeply before you are ever able to protect it. My connection to Charleston’s waterways, for example, is due in large by the time I’ve spent sailing and racing throughout the Lowcountry. Charleston Waterkeeper is insistant upon individuals celebrating our right to clean water before being able to effectively protect it.
In the opening monologue of the Pirates of the Flats trailer, our role as stewards of our waterways is urged upon us.
We have reached the time in the life of the planet, and humanity’s demands upon it, where every fishermen will have to be a Riverkeeper, a steward of marine shallows, a watchmen on the high seas.
Simply put, in order to enjoy every aspect of our world’s water, we must act to protect it.